The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, offers a specialization that leads to a Master’s Degree in Special Education and dual teaching certificate for grades 7-12 – one in Special Education and one in a Secondary Content Area (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language Education). Teaching candidates will study evidence based practices to improve adolescent learning through Special Education and Content Area coursework. Candidates will develop their professional teaching skills during practical experiences, in a variety of public middle and high school classrooms. The MOSAIC program is designed to provide future teachers with the skills, knowledge and experiences to be effective teachers of adolescents both with and without disabilities.
MOSAIC – Master of Education (MEd) in Special Education with Instructional Certification in both Secondary Special Education and Secondary Content Area (English, Math, Science, Social Studies and Foreign Language Education) Grades 7-12
- Satisfies the requirements for a PA Instructional I Certificate in Special Education Grades 7-12, pending passing scores on PECT Special Ed 7-12 exams and successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430)
- Satisfies the requirements for a PA Instructional I Certificate in a Specified Content Area (English, Math, Science, Social Studies, or Foreign Language) Grades 7-12, pending passing scores on Praxis II exam and successful completion of the PA Statewide Evaluation Form for Student Professional Knowledge and Practice (PDE 430)
- Requires completion of 42 credits
- Is completed in 12 months (summer II, fall, spring, summer I) beginning in June of the admission year
- Lasts four consecutive terms for full-time students – Summer II, Fall, Spring, Summer I
- Requires obtaining all Federal and PA state clearances before entering schools
- Requires a full-time practicum experience (5 days per week) at a local school district in both the fall and spring terms. Fall practicum includes content area and low-incidence disabilities placements. Spring practicum includes content area and high-incidence disabilities placements.
- Requires students to successfully complete the Special Education Comprehensive Exam
- Students can apply for financial aid and may be considered for a merit based scholarship.
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